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How to treat gum disease?

How to treat gum disease?

The problem with the way people treat oral hygiene is that there is a lot of awareness around how to keep your teeth clean and healthy. What most people miss out upon is realizing the fact that keeping your gums clean is equally important. So, the experts from Edinburg Family Dentistry have created this essential guide for you to take care of your gums, just the way you take care of your teeth.

What is gum disease?

If your gums are unable to perform their duty of keeping your teeth in the perfect place by withholding their roots and hence resulting in loose teeth, it is clear that you are experiencing some form of a gum disease.

Bad breath

One of the earliest signs of a prevailing gum disease in your mouth is a pungent smell, or bad breath. Many people get socially awkward when they realise they have bad breath; instead they should feel alarmed about it and get their gums checked at the earliest.

Swollen, red gums

Most people start noticing changes in their gums only when they start swelling or turning red. This is an early sign showing gum problems. You might even start experiencing pain in your gums at this stage and hence should visit your dentist at the earliest possible.

Bleeding gums after you brush

Have you noticed blood right after you have brushed your teeth? Although this may cause panic for certain people, it is a mere symptom of a gum disease and is curable. It is highly recommended that you visit your dentist as early as possible and get the gum disease diagnosed.

Shrinking gums

This specific symptom of a gum disease takes time to be noticed, since it does not cause immediate problem. It is recommended that you use the back of your tooth brush to massage your gums once in a while and keep a check on your gum’s shape and size. This way, you will know early on if your gums are shrinking.

If you are thinking of staying ahead of the game, you should be focusing on preventive measures. These preventive measures start with getting the right exam followed by the right treatment at the right time.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.